LA Art Show Opens!
- By Cynthia Lum
- Photos Courtesy of LA Art Show
Mark your calendar! January 10th the LA Art Show will kick off the 23rd year of the much anticipated 5 day event with an Opening Night Premiere party at the LA Convention Center, Downtown Los Angles. The gala evening benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital features art, performance art, music and a variety of hors d’oeuvres, and beverages from over 20 select Los Angeles restaurants.
One of the largest international art fairs in the US, the LA Art Show provides an exciting, immersive, insider art experience, and a unique opportunity for art enthusiasts and industry professionals to meet, mix and converse with acclaimed artists, highly regarded curators, architects, design professional, and discerning collectors. Divided into two sections, The Modern & Contemporary and Traditional Contemporary, there is something for every taste with an impressive lineup of over 100 galleries from more than 18 countries exhibiting painting, sculpture, works on paper, installation, photography, design video and performance.
Los Angeles has emerged as a global epicenter of art and culture, with a distinct interwoven multi-cultural influence unique to our city. To celebrate our diversity as a city and a fair, the LA Art Show is engaging and working with local and international museum curators and galleries to develop innovative programming, engaging dialogs and cutting-edge exhibitions with an ecumenical resonance. Building on last year’s excitement, DIVERSEartLA programming dedicates over 60,000 square feet in the LA Art Show to performance art installations, exhibits and programs highlighting the vast diversity of the global contemporary art world. Under the curatorial direction of Marisa Caichiolo, the showcase is continuing its expansion into the Latin-American art market with special programming featuring; The Museum of the Arts Guadalajara, Mexico, Museum of Latin American Art, the UCLA Art | Sci Center, Building Bridges Art Exchange and Antuan Rodriguez.
A new addition to this years fair, DESIGN ART, will feature a designated area for exhibitors of modern furniture, accent décor, architectural objects and jewelry displayed in a series of circular, open-area vignette spaces to highlight the increasing intersections of the fine art and design worlds. “Los Angeles has emerged as a major destination for the arts,” explains LA Art Show producer and partner Kim Martindale. “With DESIGN LA ART, we are honoring the city’s already rich history in the realms of design and architecture, as well as presenting forward-looking programming about the growing fusion of these two disciplines.”
Each year the entrance to one of the most visited and popular sections of the LA Art Show, Littletopia, are marked by an iconic archway. In 2018 the archway will be produced by Dennis McNett (aka Wolfbat) the internationally renown muralist and installation artist known for his incredible details in his psychedelic style. This highly trafficked area which features the newest and freshest voices in the contemporary art world will once again showcase some of the fastest rising low-brow and pop art galleries, curators and artists in the world. A new and exciting feature this year will be the participation of Superchief Gallery LA. They will be showcasing the centerpiece of their exhibition: a 22 foot long “space boat” created by Bunnie Reiss for her “Space Angels” solo show made in the memory of the victims of the Ghost Ship art community fire that happened in Oakland last December. After the awards ceremony on January 11 Superchief Gallery will host the official after party at their space in downtown Los Angeles.
In addition to the dozens of exhibitors participating in Littletopia each year, the mini fair is punctuated with an awards ceremony. In 2018 Margaret Keane of iconic “Big Eyes” fame will be honored with a special Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by artist Mab Graves. Keane Eyes Gallery of San Francisco will be exhibiting a retrospective of her career, entitled “Margaret Keane: A Survivor and Woman of Two Centuries.”
The LA Art Show is happening January 10-14th at the LA Convention Center. For the complete line up, click here.